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Hope Hicks expected to return to White House


Hope Hicks, one of Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, is returning to the White House as his re-election campaign moves into high gear.

Hicks, who departed in early 2018, will return in the coming weeks as a senior adviser reporting to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law.

News of her resignation emerged one day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee that she had occasionally told white lies on Trump's behalf. "We are excited to have her back on the team", Kushner said in a statement.

Earlier that year, while the Mueller investigation was examining allegations that the Trump 2016 election campaign had colluded with Moscow to help his cause, Hicks acknowledged to a U.S. congressional committee that she had occasionally told "white lies" for Donald Trump. After leaving the White House, she joined the Fox group, which oversees the Fox News channel.

Hope Hicks is boomeranging back to the White House after leaving almost two years ago.

In 2019, Hicks began working as the chief communications officer for Fox Corp., which is the parent company of Fox News and FOX Business. Her official title will be counselor to the president. And she never criticized him in public. The White House also blocked Hicks from turning over documents subpoenaed by the committee. Hicks was a spokesperson for Trump's 2016 campaign and was one of the first hires for his presidential bid.

"This is something she's been thinking about for a while", Sanders said at the time.

Pressed on other matters, a White House lawyer interjected to claim that Hicks was fully immune from answering questions about her time working at the White House, according to a transcript of the hearing.

Hicks maintained a close relationship not just with the President - who called her "Hopey" - but with members of his family, including Ivanka Trump and Kushner.